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by Jez Spinks

The first official images of the 2013 Toyota Corolla has been released, confirming the look of the 11th-generation small car that was leaked onto the internet in July.

Toyota has given the world’s most popular car a sportier look for the all-new model, which has gone on sale in Japan today ahead of its Australian debut at October’s 2012 Sydney motor show.

The new Corolla – known as Auris in Japan and Europe – adopts a design language the company calls ‘Smart dynamism’ and includes sharper body lines, a 55mm-lower height and aggressive styling cues such as the narrowed headlights that integrate with a V-shaped grille and sit above an enlarged central lower air dam.


The latter features contribute to improved aerodynamics and cooling, says Toyota, while the company claims the new Corolla, which is 30mm longer than before, will also be more exciting to drive than its predecessor.

The new Corolla’s body is 10 per cent stiffer than that of the outgoing model’s, and the hatchback’s centre of gravity has been lowered.

Toyota says the more agile new-generation Corolla features a 40mm-lower driving position complemented by a repositioned steering wheel angle to give the driver a greater feeling of sportiness. The front seats have also been designed to better hold the driver in place during cornering, and the steering has been tuned for better response.

Those front seats have thinner seatbacks to help liberate more knee room for rear passengers, and boot space is calculated at 360 litres.

Australian versions of the Toyota Corolla will again be powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, though the petrol motor will gain more power than the current model’s 100kW.

  • Henry Toussaint

    some angles look ok but i dislike the interior…and some other bits of the exterior

  • OURS

    The rear looks like the new Hyundai i30

    • F1

      Actually the rear looks very much like the Lexus CT200..

      Which means Hyundai copies Lexus, which doesn’t come as a surprise.

      • AndyGF

        Mmmm… The ct200 is just horrid, has the worst wrap around c-pillar treatment I’ve ever seen, and a plucked-up pinched backside… this new corolla looks much better than the ct, so does the i30…

        The corolla copied the i30; strange to say these days that’s actually a complement. After all, they could have copied a tiida?

        • Richard Joash Tan

          and the corolla copied the Prius C

    • Blair Waldorf

       It may look like an i30, but the i30 itself has got Alfa Giulietta and Opel Astra written all over it. The i30 is so similar it could be mistaken for either car from certain angles. The i30 is hardly original.

      • Luke Brinsmead

        Blair, have you got any design references to prove your point?

    • PM

      Toyota make such ugly looking cars they have to copy Hyundai to try and over come this, pity as it is the ugly version of the i30

      • sean t

        Useless Comments . . .

  • gfys

    The side profile looks like a Mazda3, the rear a Hyundai i30 and the interior is ghastly 

  • Henry F

    For those interested, there are a range of better photos of the new Corolla on the Fairfax website (The Age).

  • Martin

    Looks like they dropped the ball again. This is why the Mazda 3 is dominating the small class in Australia. It is as reliable and well-built as a Corolla but at least has some desirable style. Toyota really should have taken note – how long will reputation along take them?

    • Donkeyfart77

      did you hear Mazda lost money last year globally!! The only place Mazda is going good is here. What a shame!

      • Gibbut

        because aussie girls are the only ones in the world that love ugly cars.

        • chook

          They will say about the mazda ……How Cute !!! …..Obviously if the mazda 3 has the styling of an insect on wheels , and its available in their favourite lipstick colour then nothing else matters in many cases . Bimbos !!!!!

    • Donkey87

      did you hear Mazda lost money last year globally!! The only place Mazda is going good is here. What a shame!

      • Scout392

        I thought that was due to R and D not due to low sale numbers.

    • Kaas


      check the sales again, a few hundred separating Corolla and Mazda 3… and Corolla had a longer dominance in sales…

      • Joof

        Regardless, longer dominance does not make it a better performing, nicer looking, or even better car overall. It IS however, bland in dynamics, ugly, and given the market that buys them, should come with a free cardigan…

        Toyota is popular yes, though for anything to with being a ‘driver’s car’, sadly NO…

    • sean t

      How long? For ever . . .

  • 3D4

    Civic-ish look.. I like it..

    (except for green backlit centre console – that is shockingly 1990’s)

    • Noddy of Toyland

      Looks blue to me champ! I think the car looks fantastic!

      • 3D4

        They changed the pictures. original pics had the centre console green..

        Thank you Caradvice for making me look like idiot..!!

        • TG

          CA haven’t done anything wrong mate. The blue backlighting is most likely for the hybrid version, non-hybrids will have the awesome 1980s green backlighting (and 1980s LCD clock).

          • Jax

            Yeah, that’s to give the non-hybrids Green credentials too.

        • sean t

          You claim yourselve idiot!

      • birdie

        And my  fridge looks fantastic

  • Sakdjfhlajdhfladfladf

    So where are the official photos? There’s more than just the one photo shown here at the top. The other two are leaked images. Sorry, but this article is just not up to your usual standard. 

    • Sakdjfhlajdhfladfladf

      But aside from that, the rear design is a bit of a let down compared to the front. The interior is a mix of good and bad, rather old school green backlit centre console, the rest is decent,  The hybrid, which we won’t get, is just so much better in the interior. None of that green especially. It even has a glass roof!    

  • Tro

    I’m not sure which toyota designers/engineers were responsible for this car but the current shape is more original. Looks like they put the apprentices on this project, they were too busy playing battleship and solitaire at the office so they just plagiarized designs from other makes and put it together before the deadline!
    1. The front looks very similar to the new generation i30.
    2. Rear also very similar to an i30 with a hint of Nissan Tiida
    3. Side view looks like a 2005 VI Civic Hatch
    4. @2aff026f12b8dad9a137d5ee69082f10:disqus . you are spot on about the green backlit stereo display. unbelievable!..so retro!..so late 80’s- mid 90’s. 

    And please please dont get my started on the Nissan Almera. Who ever buys that car – well as far as I know optometrists in Australia still bulk bill.

    • Sakdjfhlajdhfladfladf

      For 1, 2 and 3, I actually can’t see how you came up with that conclusion. In my opinion, they’re nothing alike. 

      But have to agree with you with you for 4. I like the blue in the hybrid though. It’s quite a nice touch.  

    • Kaas

      1. your the only one who thinks front looks like i30.
      2. Rear looks more like Lancer, but i30 I can see if I squint… no way near Tiida.
      3. Side view looks like A shorter lower previous gen Tarago.

  • nugsdad

    Why are there always so many negative comments about every design that emerges. This is a $20,000 car which looks modern, sleeker than it predecessor and is likely well built. If you don’t like it don’t buy it. 

    • dilligaf

      Just because they’re cheap they don’t have to be ugly.

      • John

        Have you seen a bentley mulsanne, buying expensive doesn’t guarantee beauty.

        • Sumpguard

          Or a BMW X6 for that matter!

      • sean t

        Don’t buy it. Simple.

    • Noddy of Toyland

      True dad, this is a nice design, far more adventurous than previous versions. People diss the Corolla for being boring, and when a new daring design comes out they slam it! Flippin Hypocrites! 

  • Gmrukes

    The more I look at the new i30 the more I see the Mazda 3 design scheme..

    Especially the front and side facias

  • Sst

    If the new interior is like the new Camry then it should be good, because the new Camry has a nice interior..

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au Jez Spinks

    Toyota Motor Corporation only allowed Australia to have one official image of the new Corolla (the red car) – despite the UK getting a full range of images of the same car they call the Auris. We’ve now managed to access some of these and upload them to the article, so apologies that, like us, you got shortchanged on pictures initially.

    • Sakdjfhlajdhfladfladf

      No worries. It’s okay now. At least we have some. Thanks! 

    • Sakdjfhlajdhfladfladf

      By the way, when do you estimate this will be released in Australia? Late this year? 

      • http://www.caradvice.com.au Jez Spinks

         Yes, new Corolla launches immediately after the Australian motor show, on October 19th.

        • Sakdjfhlajdhfladfladf

          Awesome. Thanks! 

  • Daniel

    It’s not too bad from the exterior, but once again the existing competition already looks better. I think the biggest problem is the interior. It’s so…flat fronted. It looks like a truck or van interior. I really don’t want to dislike Toyota, I would much rather believe they sell huge numbers of cars on merit, alas this rarely proves true…

  • Anthony Mindel

    Is it true that the real Corolla,which is what the sedan is still called globally and is Toyotas biggest seller worldwide,is following the hatch a year later ???

    Why Why Why…who will continue buying thre current sedan version,which is exceptionsally popular ??? 

  • Soderling

    Looks very nice and aggressive front-on.

  • F1MotoGP

    More info from Japanese website. Length 4275,  width 1760, height 1460, wheelbase 2600, fuel tank 50 liter, engine 1797cc, 105kW at 6200 rpm, 173Nm at 4000 rpm.

    • sean t

      I guess fuel economy must be better because Corolla used to have a 55 litre tank. 

      • Luke Brinsmead

        Yeah, but probably only by 10% at the most.

  • Noddy of Toyland

    What is that badge that is on the bottom pic?

    • mattyman

      Toyota Japan have badges for individual models.

    • JD


  • Masynee


  • Tro

    Anyone know if this new corolla is still gonna have the classic 4 speed auto?

    • TG

      No, it will be a CVT.

  • klowik

    The front trapezoidal opening should be redesigned. It looks awful.

  • Ted

    It’s a shame it is going to have a CVT auto box..

    • Sakdjfhlajdhfladfladf

      Im not sure if it’s actually going to be a bad thing actually. You see, they have something called a ‘Super CVT-i’ which I haven’t understood too much about, couldn’t find much info on it. It sounds interesting though, it might be different from the traditional cvts that aren’t very favorable. Jut have to wait and see.

      • Tarquin, Hair Artiste

        The CVT is a bid no-no for me. I have yet to see a reliable CVT.  Unless Toyota have done something different and much more reliable than other CVT efforts I’d much rather the 6 speed torque converter auto in the i30

        • sean t

          Don’t buy it.

  • Golfschwein

    Only the extreme pull-back of the headlights make this distinctive from front or front three-quarters. The rear is nice. Profile-wise, others have done this before, gotten bored with it and are already moving on.

  • Guest

    My mum’s got a Whirlpool!

  • Rightindicators

    Include a wagon version, might be a deal winner for some families.

    • sean t


  • Wayy

    The exterior looks great! Reminds of the 80’s legendary Toyota’s..

    The interior I still need to warm up to..

  • Rboot

    Looks better then I30 and Mazda 3

    The i30 already looks old.. Just like the the previous Corolla or current corolla aged much much better then the previous i30

    • Luke Brinsmead

      The reason why the first generation i30 looks more dated is because the new i30 looks so different. Also, there was no previous generation before the first. Any model that has a long history and has evolutionary changes in each generation is more likely to age better and retain more value.

  • Nada

    Interesting. Front Back OK, the 3/4 shot looks awkward and stretched, could possibly be better in the metal. Definitely needs bigger wheels than those 16s.

  • Maximark2601

    The best looking corolla hatchback so far, I really like it. As a current model owner I am really looking forward to upgrade for this new model in a few years time.

  • maxwell_2

    Horrendously ugly!  Toyota is clueless in design.

    • sean t

      Don’t buy it. Simple.

  • O123

    ewww amber taillights

  • Al

    I like the front & back – better than the i30. Not sure about the sides, though. Looks very bland & could date very quickly.

  • Tarquin, Hair Artiste

    Not a bad effort, but overall it does nothing for me and I dislike the interior a lot.

    • sean t

      Don’t buy it. Simple.

  • Car Fanatic

    Looks a lot better. Can’t see an i30 in the rear at all, looks Civicish at the front but a vast improvement on the current boring model.

    • Sumpguard

      Really? To me the back fell straight off the i30.

         The front does look a bit like a civic.
           Nothing new here that’s for sure. I do agree with comments that it looks better than the current car but that isn’t really saying much.

  • Guest

    It’s not often i defend a Toyota, BUT i think they did a good job. It’s not overstyled like the Focus, i30 and Mazda 3, yet it’s not quite as Vanilla as the Golf and Cruze. So it’ll probably age well style wise. I personally think it looks really nice, judging by toyota’s steady dynamic improvement, it might drive well too.

  • James

    Actually Auris is not the 11th-gen corolla in Japan, the legit new corolla is still call Corolla AXIO in Japan. Australia introduced Auris as the hatchback version of corolla since 2007.They are not the same thing!

    • Chow Wow

      Toyota Auris = Carolla hatchback

      Toyota Axio = Carolla sedan

      Toyota Fielder =  = Carolla shooting brake :)

      • TG

        WTF is a Carolla?

        • Latin Fish Names

          Its a car that sings Christmas Carrols

    • Luke Brinsmead

      I count four generations of corolla hatchbacks in Australia. This is the fifth, no?

  • JamesB

    The middle section of the rear end looks empty as the Toyota emblem is too far up and the licence plate is moved to the bumper.

  • Blueberry

    Why does the Corolla get LED DRL’s but the Camry / Aurion does not? I would have thought the Aurion would be positioned as a more upmarket car than the Corolla

    • Jaiwu

      I hope Australia gets the Avalon back..

      • Gibbut

        yes so many empty carparks at lawn bowls greens since its demise.

      • sean t

        What? Are you serious?

      • chook

        Youve got to be joking …..really…….toyota even knows what a disaster that thing was !!!……..damn joke on wheels !!

    • Sakdjfhlajdhfladfladf

      Because the Camry and Aurion are not available in Europe. The model you see right now, is a model for the UK, they have DRL’s as a requirement due to law. I doubt we’ll get it here, as it will be built elsewhere. And also, I think it’s mainly the UK not Europeans, just not sure.   

    • Luke Brinsmead

      The Avalon is not an upmarket car, it’s just an affordable reliable large car for Australians. This new Auris has been designed for the European market.

  • Yetiman

    I like the small auto gear stick.

    • TG

      That’s no auto gearstick, that’s the hybrid version R-N-D-B control.

  • Michael Todd

    Almost every other manufacturer is carrying a design language through its model range. The idea being you know what (who) the car brand is before you see the badge (
    Brand recognition )
    Toyota isn’t following this trend and that is a bold move. Effectively they are swimming against the tide with many different ideas in design with no distinguishing feature other than a badge. 

    • Luke Brinsmead

      Take a closer look, I see a trapezoidal front grill and incisioned fog lights from the Prius C and sharp headlights from the Camry. The rear lights are a ring-in.

  • Clem

    9/10 are negative comments. You can keep continue to dislike but I can tell you these cars can sell very well. Far more better than you lovely Holden and Ford. 

    • bd

      Not over in Europe.

      And that “pointy snout” is not a good look for Toyota, but then I guess it goes with the ‘Predator” grill for Lexus.

      • coolbeans

        The European car market is in the doldrums mate, Asia and Europe is where its at.

      • Guest

        Meanwhile in Australia….

    • sean t


  • Car Fanatic

    Care to explain Sumpguard? Cause when I look at an i30 I see taillights that are wide at the base and taper up the C pillar. This new Corolla, it’s tail lights sweep across the hatch door.

    The actual hatches are different shapes and the i30 lacks the vertical lights set into the bumper. I think you need to look at the back end of the Hyundai again or get your eyes checked.

  • supercujo


    • sean t

      Go to bed mate

  • BP

    So is the handle under the Toyota badge on the rear, supposed to open only the window and/or boot? 

  • Johnnylh

    The back reminds me of Mitsubishi ASX

    • James

       Actually its back looks just like the new i30.

    • Luke Brinsmead

      At first I thought that, but now I don’t.

  • A guy

    A lot sharper than current bland model

    • Robbo

      I agree, for a Corolla (it’s still a Corolla) it look OK.  This isn’t aimed at someone considering a GT-R or Jag so I don’t know how anyone can complain.  Most people who buy won’t read these comments, visit this site or give a stuff what we all think, they’ll get it cause it’s a Corolla and doesn’t look hideous.  Think I’m wrong?  Look at their sales numbers.

      • Luke Brinsmead

        Yeah but the Internet generation will – the target market to attract younger people to the model in Australia and in Europe.

  • James

    The current gen corolla is equipped with an CVT except for Australia. Toyota must have thought we loved and continued to love the 4speed auto.

    • TG

      No, it’s Toyota Australia (and probably TMC) with their usual stubborn attitude of flogging dead horses to the general public.

      Mazda will obliterate this new Corolla when they go full blown SKYACTIV in the new shape Mazda3.

      • sean t

        Go full blown engine?

      • Luke Brinsmead

        They have to, because their engine in the Neo and Maxx Sport use much more fuel compared to the competition, particularly the 77 and 90 TSI Golf.

    • Ted

      At least the new model will have the CVT, instead of of the 4 speed.  However, a 5 or 6 speed would be better..

  • Redbaron

    Urgh, so boring but fits the bill as a reliable car for people who don’t like cars.
    I had hoped that perhaps some of the 86 styling would filter down but this looks more prius than 86. It, with the mazda 3 will continue to be the hero of the “only japanese cars are reliable” brigade.

    • sean t

      You’re a liar. I love cars and I love Corolla.

  • Redbaron

    Haha, loving the holden and ford comments that keep popping up. The sooner the government stops supporting these bleeders the better. Funny how those who buy Falcons/Commodores are usually pretty conservative, free market, right wing types, yet they support this form market protection.

  • Guest

    Welcome to yesterday CA. Busy yesterday?

  • Luke Brinsmead

    It looks more dynamic; it doesn’t look as mini MPV-like. It looks more premium; few cheap-looking interior plastics, well mostly by the looks of it.

    The current Auris looks ok on the outside, albeit a bit conservative compared to today’s design trends, but step in and it feels like your visiting a budget hotel; it’s satisfactory but you wouldn’t want to spend a whole week there.

  • badge

    i thought the i30 was already out? oh wait

  • TG

    WTF?!?!? Toyota ad in Japan for the new Corolla (Auris);

    youtube dot com slash watch?v=zVwJrAr7GkY&hd=1

  • yeye

    the tail lights are of a asx hands down they are

    • Luke Brinsmead

      I thought that at first, but now I see more i30.

  • James

    when will toyota australia give us the 5 year warranty as UK.

  • James

    Looks very nice and sharp outside. The interior looks a bit low rent (especially the dash)- hope it looks better in the flesh. What I’m most looking forward to are details about the different engines and fuel efficiency. Hope they bring an efficient diesel here and stay the hell away from stop-start engines. Coupled with their rock solid reliability and resale value, I’d bet any money that this would become the best seller in no time.  

  • Luke Brinsmead

    The UK gets a hybrid, 1.6 litre petrol and 1.4 litre diesel, why don’t we?

  • Maghfoor786

    very nice model i have tried it but not good than my Suzuki Khyber

  • Dave&Kerry

    We have an 07 LevinZR. We were waiting for the 86 to come out but when we drove it didnt like it. The other issue is the 86 has a waiting list of 2 years for the GTS… ridiculous.

    This Corolla is ordinary – we ended up buying a Camry Atara S

  • asimov’s

    I wish to have this beautiful car with me such a sexy and sporty looking car, but unfortunately unable to buy @ this time due to shortage of cash. Love you all……………..asim, amlogistics1@hotmail.com 

  • Romibaba_shenwari

    i like it v much but its out of my reach soo sad